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Enjoy the cooler autumn weather with our guide to the best outdoor and rooftop bars in Hong Kong

Summer’s heat and humidity have finally subsided, and we’re now entering the best time of year to be in Hong Kong—back-to-back cool, sunny days and breezy evenings. Besides a picnic, cycling, seeing autumn leaves and hiking, you can also make the most of it by heading to the city’s most stylish al fresco venues to wine and dine as you soak in some seriously stunning views.

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La Rambla

Spanish restaurant and bar, La Rambla, boasts a sprawling terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour. Ideal for after work drinks, the wine list is a fun read focusing on Spain’s underrated grapes and regions, while the spirits selection features gins from around the world and a dedicated martini menu. The menu includes a selection of traditional tapas and mains, together with modern interpretations of Spanish dishes created by chef Ferran Tadeo.

La Rambla, 3071-73 Level 3, ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2661 1161; larambla.hk

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Terrible Baby

One of Kowloon’s best rooftop bars, Terrible Baby is located at the Eaton Hotel in Jordan and has become a cult favourite for its expansive terrace, live music programme and irreverent cocktail list. Thanks to its location, Terrible Baby is one of the quieter places to wind down with a drink at hand.
 
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong; +852 2710 1866; terriblebaby.com

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Duddell’s

We love Duddell’s leafy terrace for its lush tropical plants, mismatched lawn furniture and great cocktails. Not to mention their weekend brunch—which includes all-you-can-eat premium dim sum and free-flow champagne.

Duddell's, 3/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852  2525 9191; duddells.co

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Wooloomooloo

When it comes to rooftop bars, Wooloomooloo is one of the best in the city. It has sweeping views, a friendly waitstaff and great happy hour deals—you can’t go wrong with this one.
 
Wooloomooloo, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2893 6960; wooloo-mooloo.com

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Popinjays

Popinjays is the elegant rooftop bar and restaurant at The Murray, and is divided into a bar area, main dining space and a 420-square-metre outdoor wraparound terrace that captures a panoramic view of the city, all the way from The Peak to Central.

Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com

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Sevva

Sevva is still one of Hong Kong’s most popular rooftop bars, and its recent renovation at the end of 2019 means it has been given a fresh lease on life. The Taste bar restores glitz and glamour with a bar area that doubles as a venue for private functions, serving a collection of fine wines, champagne, classic, and signature cocktails, with the refurbished terrace overlooking the city’s skyline.  

Sevva, 25/F, Prince's Building, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2537 1388, sevva.hk

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Portico

Attached to the Italian restaurant, Spiga, Portico is a large outdoor bar that boasts tropical-meets-Mediterranean vibes in the heart of Central’s sea of skyscrapers.  Ideal for pre-or post-dinner drinks, this sprawling outdoor space also serves easy-to-share snacks from Spiga including pizzas and a selection of antipasti. 

Portico, 3/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 2871 0055; diningconcepts.com

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Sugar

Sugar is one of our favourite spots in the city for happy hour drinks and late-night gatherings. Located at the top of East Hotel in Taikoo, it has a different vibe and view than those in bustling districts like Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. The spacious terrace is where you can enjoy unique harbour views from the eastern side of Hong Kong.

Sugar, 32/F, East Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong;  +852 3968 3738; sugar-hongkong.com

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Skye Rooftop Bar

This vibrant restaurant and bar on the 27th floor of The Park Lane Hong Kong totals 8,000 square feet that include three private rooms a large outdoor deck with an illuminated bar, where impressive cocktails and a menu of old and new world wines can be enjoyed. 

Skye Rooftop Bar, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2293 8888; parklane.com.hk

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Louise

Julien Royer’s Hong Kong debut at PMQ showcases refined French home cooking and generous hospitality within the stylish interiors.

Previously home to the hugely popular Aberdeen Street Social, Louise opened in the summer of 2019, and features a chic and casual downstairs bar and an airy first floor dining, designed by architect and interior designer André Fu––along with a spacious and greenery-filled terrace area, that is the perfect spot for enjoying an al fresco drink pre-dinner.

Louise, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2866 0300; louise.hk

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Lounge Hakuba

Opened at the end of 2019 by keen alpinists Adam Wong and Wing Chan, Lounge Hakuba is named after and takes design cues from the airy wooden lodges commonly found in Japan’s popular ski resort village. The terrace, on the other hand, resembles Nagano in the springtime with grassy turf, leafy bushes and camping-inspired furniture.

Enjoy a Japanese-inspired cocktail here, and be sure to order a side of crowd-pleasing snacks such as popcorn chicken and fried gyoza.

Lounge Hakuba, Unit 302, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2111 1707; facebook.com/lounge.hakuba

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Red Sugar

Red Sugar is the Kerry Hotel’s answer to al fresco dining and offers a spectacular 270-degree view of the Hong Kong skyline. The restaurant and bar echo the vibrant life of the city and pay homage to the local culture in its design––envisioned by famed architect, Andre Fu—by incorporating elements that spark Hong Kong nostalgia from metal shutters to custom-made bronze scaffolding.

Another special feature is the commissioned installation by Adrian Wong, it settles within a water feature on the outdoor terrace that showcases a unique arrangement of barbershop swirls. As you enjoy the beauty of Hong Kong’s skyline, grab a tipple or two from the robust selection of whisky, barrel-aged cocktails, and craft beers.

Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2252 5281; shangri-la.com

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Babacio

Famed for its heart-shaped pizza, Babacio is also known for its sprawling views that overlook Tai Kwun. Serving an array of traditional Neapolitan pizzas and classic Italian dishes, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend afternoon at. If you’re itching for a drink, they also have a wide selection of beers and cocktails.

Babacio, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2808 1961, babacio.hk

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Ami

Helmed by Michelin-starred chef, Nicholas Boutin and Etic Taluy, Ami offers a fine "bistronomie" experience, the word is a combination of the word bistro and gastronomy that means French casual fine dining. The menu consists of an all-day ala carte that has the best Parisian fare and an exclusive chef’s tasting dinner. Its expansive garden terrace boasts stunning views of Hong Kong’s skyline from Central.

Ami, Shop 302, 3/F, Landmark Alexandra, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3185 8396, landmark.hk

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Ruam

Missing Thailand? Head over to Ruam, a vibrant yet casual Thai restaurant and bar located above Hong Kong’s thriving Ship Street. You’ll find your favourite Thai food here with added cocktails that are innovated. The lush expansive terrace is a great place to eat and talk after work or a during a lazy weekend brunch or dinner.

Ruam, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, +852 3160 8535, ruam-thai.com

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Madame Fu

Located in an 1880’s historical building in Tai Kwun, the view at Madame Fu is as beautiful as the food it serves. This contemporary Chinese restaurant spans three floors and offers a dining space filled with artist ambience. Its verandah is a crowd favourite as you can see the Parade Ground. Regardless of what you order, we swear by the afternoon tea.

Madame Fu, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, No. 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2114 2118, madamefu.com.hk

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Sunset Grill

Sunset Grill might throw off some due to its location but being away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong means undisturbed views of the skyline. Located in Tung Chung, this rooftop bar and restaurant is a meat and seafood food lover’s paradise. They have an open kitchen with a charcoal grill and dry-aged beef which you can munch on while enjoying some signature cocktails and fine wine on the outdoor terrace that’s overlooking the sea.

Sunset Grill, 9 Yi Tung Road, 19/F, Sheraton Tung Chung Hotel, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2535 0025, marriotbonveyasia.com

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Cruise at Hyatt Centric

Laidback, outdoor oasis and modern Asian food—these are just some of the things to describe Cruise at Hyatt Centric. The rooftop restaurant and bar boasts an expansive outdoor terrace that overlooks Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbour. Whether you’re hungry or in need of a drink, Cruise is the perfect location to sip cocktails and munch on Asian food all while you soak up the stunning view.

Cruise, 23/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2896 9898, hyatt.com

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Aaharn

Michelin-starred restaurant, Aaharn is another al fresco dining space located in Tai Kwun, which offers world-class Thai cuisine. The menu is inspired by celebrated chef, David Thompson while the cocktail and wine selection have been carefully crafted to complement the Thai flavours with pairings. Both day or night, the view on the outdoor terrace is magnificent and great for unwinding after work.

Aaharn, 1/F, Armoury Building, 02 Tai Kwun Centre, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2703 9111, aaharn.hk

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The Waterfall Bar at Grand Hyatt

The Waterfall Bar at Grand Hyatt overlooks its lavish swimming pool, providing an intimate and outdoor poolside for you to relax at during the weekend. Enjoy their expansive selection of drinks including champagnes, wines and spirits together with deluxe snacks.

The Waterfall Bar, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722, hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com

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Ozone

Ozone is so high you can literally hear when aeroplanes pass by. This rooftop bar in The Ritz-Carlton has a truly stunning view, located 490 metres above sea level. One of the most celebrated rooftop sky bars in the city, the outdoor area has majestic views of the city that’s different from the ones in Central or Tsim Sha Tsui. The neon lights also make for a mesmerising night filled with inventive cocktails and delicious Asian tapas.

Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270, marriotbonvoyasia.com


This article was originally published on November 3, 2018 and was updated on October 27, 2021.

 

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